Doesn’t exist at MailChimp
They’re coming for you next: The email provider MailChimp has since the November election made it a clear policy to routinely cancel the accounts of conservatives if they dare send out any emails it deems politically incorrect.
In November MailChimp instantly disabled the email account of two tea party organizations, one in Virginia and the other in South Carolina, when they each tried to send out email notices to their members about post-election pro-Trump rallies.
In January MailChimp did the same to a conservative organization in California that was running a conference calling for the end of the overbearing lockdown rules imposed by the Democrat governor Gavin Newsom.
Because the ReOpenCalNow organizers are targeting a high level audience of policymakers, they assembled an email list of several thousand of California’s local elected officials. The list includes city council members, county supervisors, and members of school boards. Using MailChimp, they sent out three email blasts before receiving the following message:
“We received a direct complaint regarding a recent campaign sent from the account with the username ReOpen Cal Now. Direct complaints are serious because they indicate that a recipient contacted Mailchimp, our hosting facility, or a blocklisting agency about an unsolicited email.” The MailChimp email went on to say: “Because the content associated with your industry conflicts with our Acceptable Use Policy (mailchimp.com/legal/acceptable_use), Mailchimp is unable to serve as your email service provider and your account has been disabled.”
MailChimp went on to reject all appeals, and it is clear that the reason they would not reinstate ReOpenCalNow’s account was not because of spam. The laws protecting people from receiving spam do not apply to publicly available emails of elected officials. Every email on the list compiled by ReOpenCalNow were publicly available and corresponded to an elected official. [emphasis in original]
MailChimp is a private company, so they have this right. However, I also have the right to point out their biased, partisan, and untrustworthy email policies. If you are a Republican or conservative and you depend on MailChimp for your email services, be warned that they are a dagger hanging over your head. Should you make the terrible mistake of distributing an email that says something political that someone else doesn’t like — either at MailChimp or on your mailing list and then complains to MailChimp — you could find yourself instantly cut off by MailChimp, with no recourse.
Note also that MailChimp’s blacklisting policies have been quickly picked up by other email services, as described in the January story.
When ReOpenCalNow appealed, noting that they are a non-profit educational group that hosts public policy conferences, and that the content clearly falls under 1st Amendment expression, they received a second rejection: “Thank you for your interest in Mailerlite however, unfortunately, your website’s type of content is not permitted on our platform.
Facebook then followed by banning ads by ReOpenCalNow.
It is not the business of any email service to regulate what its customers write in their emails. An email provider’s job is to provide the email service, and that’s it. Their actions here are akin to a typewriter company refusing to sell a typewriter to someone because that person might write something the typewriter company disagrees with.
That the employees at MailChimp and Mailer Lite don’t understand these basic concepts about freedom of speech illustrates how far we have fallen from a free society. A substantial percentage of Americans today, maybe even a majority, no longer believe in freedom and the right to speak your mind. Instead, they prefer smashing a boot in your face.
If you favor freedom, be warned. You are no longer safe from many of your neighbors.